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California man drowns swimming across pond with rock: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - 18 hours 47 min ago
A man drowned on his 21st birthday after attempting to swim across a pond in northern California while carrying a 10-pound (4.5 kg) rock, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday. The California Highway Patrol told the newspaper that Austin Harr was with friends at a pond in the Oroville Wildlife Area on Monday evening when he slipped under the water.

Man arrested for massive downtown Los Angeles blaze

Yahoo! National News - 20 hours 27 min ago

FILE - In this early Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles firefighters battle a fire at an apartment building under construction next to the Harbor Freeway (Interstate 110) Freeway in Los Angeles. The fire gutted the 1.3 million-square-foot Da Vinci complex. A law enforcement official says a man has been arrested for allegedly causing a massive inferno that destroyed an unfinished apartment building and damaged adjacent office towers in downtown Los Angeles. Damage was estimated at $20 million to $30 million. No one was hurt. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man has been arrested on suspicion of starting a massive inferno that destroyed an unfinished apartment building and damaged adjacent office towers in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said Wednesday.


EPA plans temporary pesticide restrictions while bees feed

Yahoo! National News - 21 hours 5 min ago

Volunteers check honey bee hives for queen activity and perform routine maintenance as part of a collaboration between the Cincinnati Zoo and TwoHoneys Bee Co., Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at EcOhio Farm in Mason, Ohio. A federal rule to be proposed Thursday, May 28, would create temporary pesticide-free zones when certain plants are in bloom around bees that are trucked from farm to farm by professional beekeepers, which are the majority of honeybees in the U.S. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)WASHINGTON (AP) — If honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing.


Globs of oil wash ashore on southern California beach

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:26
(Reuters) - Local and federal officials are investigating globs of oil washed up on a southern California beach on Wednesday, officials said. U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Michael Anderson said crews were investigating the streak of tar balls that spread across about 6.5 miles (10 km) of Manhattan Beach, just southwest of Los Angeles. The news comes just a week after an oil pipeline ruptured in Santa Barbara, dumping as much as 2,400 barrels (101,000 gallons, or 382,000 liters) of crude onto a pristine stretch of the coastline and into the Pacific, leaving slicks that stretched more than 9 miles (14 km) along the coast.

Molestation claim against Michael Jackson's estate dismissed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:13

FILE - In this March 5, 2009 file photo, US singer Michael Jackson speaks at a press conference at the London O2 Arena. A Los Angeles judge ruled on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, that choreographer Wade Robson waited too long to file a claim alleging that Jackson abused him and the allegations should be dismissed. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A choreographer who accused Michael Jackson of years of molestation cannot pursue his allegations against the singer's estate because he waited too long to file the legal action, a judge ruled.


Action News Investigation: Violence, threats common at schools across area

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:58

 Violence, threats common at schools across areaYou might not imagine that assaults against teachers and terroristic threats are a daily occurrence at schools across our area and even in the suburbs, but an Action News Investigation has learned these threats are very real.


AccuWeather: Storms give way to humid temps

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:47

 Still Warm and HumidAccuWeather says once the storms pass, it will be warm and humid.


Mississippi police dog saves deputy ambushed by two men

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:47
(Reuters) - A Mississippi sheriff's deputy who was ambushed by two men along a remote stretch of highway, then choked and carried toward woodland, was rescued by his canine partner who chased off the attackers, an official said on Wednesday. Deputy Todd Frazier was grabbed by two men as he approached a parked car near the southern community of Pearlington earlier this month, said Hancock County Sheriff's Department Detective Anthony Gambino. While one man put Frazier in a chokehold, and cut his forehead with some type of blade, the other picked up his legs and the pair carried the deputy off toward a woodline, Gambino said.

Jury convicts ex-US Senate hopeful of violating election law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:46

Former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth, center, walks towards a vehicle from the Hughes County Courthouse in Pierre, S.D., on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, with her husband, Chad Haber, right, and her defense attorney, Dana Hanna, left. A South Dakota jury on Wednesday convicted former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth of election law violations. (James Nord/Capital Journal via AP)PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota jury on Wednesday convicted former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth of election law violations.


THE LATEST: Asian federation opposes change to FIFA election

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:45

FILE - The June 1, 2011 file photo shows Swiss FIFA President Joseph (Sepp) Blatter during a press conference after the 61st FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland. Blatter is seeking reelection at the FIFA congress in Zurich. Blatter is not among the six soccer officials who were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at a luxury hotel. The officials are in Switzerland for the FIFA congress and presidential election. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments:


Deaths highlight hidden danger from municipal storm drains

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:33

In this May 25, 2015 photo is the box culvert where Claremore Fire Department Capt. Jason Farley was trapped and drowned on Saturday in Tulsa, Okla. Farley and another firefighter who tried to rescue him were pulled into the drain pipe. The other firefighter traveled 200 yards until he was ejected from the pipe and survived the near-drowning, but Farley got caught inside and died. His drowning highlights the persistent dangers posed by storm drains that help protect neighborhoods during flash flooding but can suck in unsuspecting residents and emergency workers. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP) KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUTThe drowning of an Oklahoma firefighter and a Texas teenager in storms that swept through those states highlight the persistent dangers posed by storm drains that help protect neighborhoods during flash flooding but can suck in unsuspecting residents and rescue workers.


Habitat for Humanity building homes for 5 North Philadelphia families

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:28

Habitat for Humanity building homes for 5 North Philadelphia familiesDreams are coming true for families who are literally building their own homes in North Philadelphia.


Rash of scooter, motorcycle thefts in South Philadelphia, Center City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:26

Rash of scooter, motorcycle thefts in South Philadelphia, Center CityPolice are investigating a rash of scooter and motorcycle thefts across the city from South Philadelphia to Center City - and most of the bikes were locked up at the time.


A closer look at those killed in Texas, Oklahoma weather

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:24

ADDS THAT MICHELLE MARIE CAREY-CHARBA WAS CONFIRMED DEAD WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 - This undated photo provided by the Hays County Sheriff's Office shows Michelle Charba, seated, with William Charba, 6. Both had been missing from Wimberley, Texas since Sunday, May 24, 2015. Michelle Carey-Charba was confirmed as a storm related death on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. William Charba has not yet been found. More than 100 people continued to search along the Blanco River on Wednesday for other bodies but were slowed by large debris fields. (Hays County Sheriff's Office, via AP)At least 21 people have died in flooding and tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas since the start of the Memorial Day weekend. A look at the lives of some of the victims:


Person struck and killed by Amtrak train in Devon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:19

Person struck and killed by Amtrak train in DevonChester County officials are investigating a fatal train accident in Devon.


Homeowners clean up in Texas; death toll climbs to 21

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:09

A Houston Chronicle newspaper sits on the curb next to flood soaked carpet padding Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Houston. The death toll from a barrage of storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma climbed to at least 19 on Wednesday, with over a dozen people missing, and another round of rain threatened to complicate the cleanup in hard-hit Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)HOUSTON (AP) — Homeowners dragged soggy carpet to the curb and mopped up coffee-colored muck Wednesday after a barrage of storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma left at least 21 people dead and 11 others missing.


Federal government orders pipeline company to clean California oil spill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:59

Crews clean up Refugio State Beach after a massive oil spill on the Californian coast in Goleta, CaliforniaBy Steve Gorman and Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The federal government on Wednesday ordered a company at the center of a Southern California oil spill to continue its efforts to clean up the pipeline breach that dumped crude onto a pristine stretch of shoreline and into the Pacific Ocean. The order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Coast Guard also requires Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline to submit a written plan by June 6 that will outline measures for analyzing the spill's effects on the environment. The May 19 spill dumped as much as 2,400 barrels (101,000 gallons, or 382,000 liters) of crude onto a pristine stretch of the Santa Barbara coastline and into the Pacific, leaving slicks that stretched over 9 miles (14 km) along the coast.


Hundreds evacuated in Texas after storms leave at least 15 dead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:41

Amy Gilmour a volunteer from San Antonio Texas walks past a pile of debris which included parts of destroyed homes that amassed when the Blanco River flooded during the Memorial Day weekend rains in Wimberley TexasBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Hundreds of people were ordered to evacuate flood-threatened areas of Texas on Wednesday as torrential rains battered the state, where at least 15 people have been killed in weather-related incidents this week, including six in Houston. People were told to stay away from more than 200 homes in Parker County where the Brazos River was poised to overflow its banks about 30 miles (50 km) west of Fort Worth on Wednesday night, county officials said. "The river is coming up fast and flowing at dangerous volumes," Parker County Judge Mark Riley told a news conference, adding shelters were available.


SkyWest flight diverts to Boise for medical emergency

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:30
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A SkyWest Airlines spokeswoman says a flight from Eugene, Oregon, to Denver that diverted to Boise, Idaho, because of a medical emergency couldn't resume its journey because the plane required an inspection.